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Actress Known for Sitcoms "Black-ish" & "Grown-ish"; Youth Advocate & Voting Activist

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Yara Shahidi is an actress, model, activist and breakout star of ABC’s Emmy- and Golden Globe- nominated comedy series “black-ish.” She stars as popular teen Zoey Johnson, an ambitious, technologically infatuated high school student. Last spring, Freeform announced the “black-ish” spin-off “grown-ish” starring Shahidi which will explore Zoey’s transition into adulthood as well as issues facing both students and administrators in the world of higher education.

Since “black-ish” launched in 2014, Shahidi has been awarded a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress, a Gracie Award for Female in a Breakthrough Role and, most recently, highlighted on TIME Magazine’s annual 30 Most Influential Teens list on behalf of her television contributions and humanitarianism. Shahidi is definitely one of Hollywood’s most heralded young talents as she continues to use her platform to empower and inspire others.

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Shahidi spent the early part of her childhood in the heart of Minneapolis, where she enjoyed annual visits to the state fair and assisting her grandfather with the family’s Persian rug shop. Her father is a successful cinematographer, and her mother, a well-acknowledged commercial actress. Shahidi actually received her start alongside her mother appearing in several international commercial and print campaigns. Her first major film came when she was offered the opportunity to audition for the role of Olivia Danielson in the Paramount film “Imagine That,” opposite Eddie Murphy. She quickly took to the role of the creative and happy-go-lucky daughter to Murphy, bolstering her love of acting.

Shahidi went on to appear in television series such as ABC’s “In the Motherhood” with Cheryl Hines and Megan Mullally, CBS’ “Cold Case,” Disney’s “Wizards of Waverly Place,” FOX’s “Lie to Me” and “The Finder,” to name a few. Shahidi also guest starred on hit series “Scandal” as the young Olivia Pope and as Maddie on Freeform’s “The Fosters.”

Shahidi’s extensive film roles include Sony Pictures’ “Unthinkable,” as the daughter of Samuel L. Jackson; Columbia Pictures’ “Salt,” opposite Angelina Jolie; Summit Entertainment’s “Alex Cross,” as the daughter of Tyler Perry; and the Weinstein Company film “Butter,” where she starred opposite Jennifer Garner.

As a young scholar, Shahidi has combined her love for education and empowerment through the formation of Yara’s Club, a partnership with The Young Women’s Leadership Schools (TYWLS) in New York. Yara’s Club is a bi-monthly digital meet-up comprised of high school students that discuss societal issues, self-improvement and higher education. A STEM advocate and technology enthusiast, Shahidi served as a spokesperson for DoSomething.Org and 3M’s STEM campaign which raised funds for classrooms in need of science and technology resources in St. Louis and Minnesota. Her love for STEM also led her to the Obama White House to participate in STEM initiatives, including the White House Science Fair where she co-hosted several integrations throughout the event.

In addition to academics and service, she has been an advocate for women’s issues, diversity in media, girls’ education and, most recently, worked with the United Nations Girl Up initiative. Shahidi has been spotlighted in The New York Times, Variety’s Youth Impact and Next Big Thing issues, and was named number three on the Celebs to Watch for DoSomething.Org’s 2016 Celebs Gone Good. The standout teen was awarded the Daily Point of Light Award from the Points of Light organization in Detroit, honored at Essence Magazine’s 10th anniversary Black Women in Hollywood Awards and honored with the BET’s Young Star award at the 2017 BET Awards.

Shahidi recently graduated with honors from The Dwight School in New York and will attend Harvard University where she will double major in sociology and African-American studies. A lover of Greek mythology, history and public service, she spends her free time reading classic novels, rock climbing and traveling with her family. Shahidi resides in Los Angeles with her parents and two young brothers.

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Yara Shahidi

Actress Known for Sitcoms "Black-ish" & "Grown-ish"; Youth Advocate & Voting Activist

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Yara Shahidi Biography

Yara Shahidi is an actress, model, activist and breakout star of ABC’s Emmy- and Golden Globe- nominated comedy series “black-ish.” She stars as popular teen Zoey Johnson, an ambitious, technologically infatuated high school student. Last spring, Freeform announced the “black-ish” spin-off “grown-ish” starring Shahidi which will explore Zoey’s transition into adulthood as well as issues facing both students and administrators in the world of higher education.

Since “black-ish” launched in 2014, Shahidi has been awarded a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress, a Gracie Award for Female in a Breakthrough Role and, most recently, highlighted on TIME Magazine’s annual 30 Most Influential Teens list on behalf of her television contributions and humanitarianism. Shahidi is definitely one of Hollywood’s most heralded young talents as she continues to use her platform to empower and inspire others.

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Shahidi spent the early part of her childhood in the heart of Minneapolis, where she enjoyed annual visits to the state fair and assisting her grandfather with the family’s Persian rug shop. Her father is a successful cinematographer, and her mother, a well-acknowledged commercial actress. Shahidi actually received her start alongside her mother appearing in several international commercial and print campaigns. Her first major film came when she was offered the opportunity to audition for the role of Olivia Danielson in the Paramount film “Imagine That,” opposite Eddie Murphy. She quickly took to the role of the creative and happy-go-lucky daughter to Murphy, bolstering her love of acting.

Shahidi went on to appear in television series such as ABC’s “In the Motherhood” with Cheryl Hines and Megan Mullally, CBS’ “Cold Case,” Disney’s “Wizards of Waverly Place,” FOX’s “Lie to Me” and “The Finder,” to name a few. Shahidi also guest starred on hit series “Scandal” as the young Olivia Pope and as Maddie on Freeform’s “The Fosters.”

Shahidi’s extensive film roles include Sony Pictures’ “Unthinkable,” as the daughter of Samuel L. Jackson; Columbia Pictures’ “Salt,” opposite Angelina Jolie; Summit Entertainment’s “Alex Cross,” as the daughter of Tyler Perry; and the Weinstein Company film “Butter,” where she starred opposite Jennifer Garner.

As a young scholar, Shahidi has combined her love for education and empowerment through the formation of Yara’s Club, a partnership with The Young Women’s Leadership Schools (TYWLS) in New York. Yara’s Club is a bi-monthly digital meet-up comprised of high school students that discuss societal issues, self-improvement and higher education. A STEM advocate and technology enthusiast, Shahidi served as a spokesperson for DoSomething.Org and 3M’s STEM campaign which raised funds for classrooms in need of science and technology resources in St. Louis and Minnesota. Her love for STEM also led her to the Obama White House to participate in STEM initiatives, including the White House Science Fair where she co-hosted several integrations throughout the event.

In addition to academics and service, she has been an advocate for women’s issues, diversity in media, girls’ education and, most recently, worked with the United Nations Girl Up initiative. Shahidi has been spotlighted in The New York Times, Variety’s Youth Impact and Next Big Thing issues, and was named number three on the Celebs to Watch for DoSomething.Org’s 2016 Celebs Gone Good. The standout teen was awarded the Daily Point of Light Award from the Points of Light organization in Detroit, honored at Essence Magazine’s 10th anniversary Black Women in Hollywood Awards and honored with the BET’s Young Star award at the 2017 BET Awards.

Shahidi recently graduated with honors from The Dwight School in New York and will attend Harvard University where she will double major in sociology and African-American studies. A lover of Greek mythology, history and public service, she spends her free time reading classic novels, rock climbing and traveling with her family. Shahidi resides in Los Angeles with her parents and two young brothers.

Yara Shahidi Videos

  • Yara Shahidi Wows With Powerful Speech About Equality
    "Black-ish" star Yara Shahidi wowed the crowd at the GLSEN Respect Awards with a warning against an "identity blind narrative".
  • Did Oprah's Endorsement Inspire Yara Shahidi to Run for President ...
    "Black-ish" star Yara Shahidi is only 18 years old, but Oprah has already praised the young actress for her activism, insisting she'll be...
  • Yara Shahidi Talks How The Media Perpetuates Black Stereotypes ...
    Yara Shahidi gives a TED Talks-style speech where she dropped some serious knowledge on how the media perpetuates black stereotypes.

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  • How to book Yara Shahidi?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Yara Shahidi for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Yara Shahidi, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Yara Shahidi or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Yara Shahidi?

    Booking fees for Yara Shahidi, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Yara Shahidi, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Yara Shahidi?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Yara Shahidi for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Yara Shahidi for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Yara Shahidi or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Yara Shahidi or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Yara Shahidi is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Yara Shahidi for your event is $100,000 - $200,000. Yara Shahidi generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Yvonne Orji, Issa Rae, Diane Guerrero, Gabrielle Union and Amandla Stenberg. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Yara Shahidi for an upcoming event.

Yara Shahidi Speaker Videos

  • Yara Shahidi Wows With Powerful Speech About Equality
    "Black-ish" star Yara Shahidi wowed the crowd at the GLSEN Respect Awards with a warning against an "identity blind narrative".
    Did Oprah's Endorsement Inspire Yara Shahidi to Run for President ...
    "Black-ish" star Yara Shahidi is only 18 years old, but Oprah has already praised the young actress for her activism, insisting she'll be president ...
  • Yara Shahidi Talks How The Media Perpetuates Black Stereotypes ...
    Yara Shahidi gives a TED Talks-style speech where she dropped some serious knowledge on how the media perpetuates black stereotypes.

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